Wanted: Google cafe manager (must be genius)

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In a previous post I lambasted the pretentious language of job advertisements – especially the ridiculous  blurbs from technology companies.

This week’s doozy is from Google, a corpulent company whose slogan ‘Do no evil’ is surely something Aslan would say over tea and scones before a Narnian battle.

Google is advertising for a Food Experience Design Manager. In layman’s terms, this means it wants…

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Everybody must learn code — stoned or not

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‘Everybody must get stoned’, Bob Dylan warbled to a 1960s generation who wanted to ‘turn on, tune in and drop out’. Fast forward two generations and the mantra chanted by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Clinton and even Ashton Kutcher is ‘everybody must learn code.’

Celebrity testimonials promote code to the masses on YouTube and Code.org, — a  code-learning…

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How to become a midlife computer geek in ten easy steps

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This article will help all those people over the age of 35 (and technically middle aged) who yearn to be computer geeks but who think:

they are too old.
they are too dumb.
they don’t have enough time.
computers hate them.

First, let me be clear about the last thought: COMPUTERS DO NOT HATE…

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Anonymous Inc.

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I want to join Anonymous.  I don’t mean anonymous as in women who’ve reached the disappearing age of 45+.

I mean Anonymous, the technology hackers to whom the media collectively refer to as “subversive”.

Imagine being a subversive like Julian Assange (who is, of course, no longer anonymous) with a collection of technology tricks…

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A message for girls wanting to play the (technology) game

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What would you do if your eight-year-old niece said she wanted to be a game designer when she grew up?

For Stacey Mulcahey, a software developer at Big Spaceship in New York, it inspired her to write a public email to her niece about her experience in the male-dominated technology industry.

 20 First  (to which…

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Why you should buy your child a lapdog, not a laptop

I taught computer animation to primary students for several years.

We created characters in a software program called Flash and students first sketched their designs on paper prior to transferring them to the screen for animation.

The classes were popular and I was amazed at the quality of work produced by these 11 and 12-year-old kids. They had an eye for color and…

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Linkedout: How I was dumped by social media

I received an email this morning from a Linkedin group.  It told me I was removed from their list because I was an inactive group member.

This came as a surprise. I didn’t realise inactivity was worthy of expulsion. Was I meant to leave comments to show my enthusiasm?

I always thought Linkedin…

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I see you

I’ve often heard the Facebook ‘Like’ button maligned as frivolous and useless if not downright stupid. ‘What’s the point of clicking Like?’ say detractors, with a contemptuous rolling of eyes to the ceiling.

But there is a point.

I consciously use the Like button – not indiscriminately, because it carries meaning, but…

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